Alexis Taylor Silvernale had a distinguished record as a junior rider. Her many successes include two victories in the ASPCA Maclay Regional Northwest, the Thunderbird Good Hands and Seat Final, and wins in the USEF Zone 8, 9, and 10 Medal Finals, ribbons in the USEF Talent Search Finals, along with the prestigious Washington International Horse Show Equitation Finals. Alexis also rode hunters and jumpers to many championships. Among the greats in the business who she has worked with include Timmy Kees, Leslie Howard, Jack Towell, Missy Clark, Karen Healy, and Hunt Tosh. One might have expected her to continue on in the amateurs, but just the opposite occurred. She stepped away from the sport for 12 long years. Upon her return she did compete successfully as an amateur, although shortly thereafter became a professional. Looking back at it, she feels it was crazy to take that much time away. “I am an all or nothing kind of person,” she said. “So when I had to walk away from it I left it completely. I also had to re-invent myself. I had always been the horse rider. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest in Medina, Washington, but went to … Read More
Aboard Skyhawk, she’s preparing for the biggest event of her young professional career. Flying back to Seattle from her honeymoon in Paris in December of 2012, Alexis Taylor Silvernale received her favorite wedding present—although she didn’t know it at the time. Her husband, Joe Silvernale, feeling the glow of a glass of wine, suggested to his new wife that she should think about riding again. He’d previously seen a room in her parents’ house full of trophies from her junior career and asked about them. So, somewhere over the Atlantic, he posed the idea of getting back in to horses: “Maybe hack and go on some trail rides on the weekends?” he suggested. “I blinked my eyes twice, and we had two horses,” he recalled. “And she was riding with [champion hunter rider and trainer] Hunt Tosh.” He barely had time to blink again, and Alexis was a professional with her own business. “It was the best gift anyone could have given me,” Alexis said of her return to the horse world. Now she’s making her first trip to the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship (Ky.) aboard a horse named Skyhawk. Before and after attending law school, Joe served as … Read More
San Juan Capistrano, CA – The $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby kicked off a grand Saturday morning at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano. After topping the first round, Alexis Taylor Silvernale and Skyhawk, owned by Aleron, LLC, continued to impress both judging panels in the Handy Round for the win in a challenging class. The honorable Bill Ellis and Christina Schlusemeyer judged as Panel One, and Scott Williamson sat with Mickey Maestro as Panel Two. Thomas Hern of Plymouth, MA, once again set the course. A big, bold track, with four solid high options, the early morning course was challenging. More than a dozen of the thirty-four entries had a rail in round one. Fifth to gallop in, Silvernale and the handsome bay Skyhawk sailed around smoothly, taking all four high options, and earning scores of 82+4 and 84+4 from each panel respectively, for a total of 174. The dynamic duo edged out the derby team who went first in the order, Tip Top (Gail Haft, owner) and Jenny Karazissis. Taking two high options, Tip Top scored 84+2 and 82+2, for a total of 170, ultimately second in the round. With a score of 168, … Read More
What a fantastic first week at Blenheim! WCHR week! Aleron’s Skyhawk Champion High Performance WCHR and also was Grand Working Hunter Champion. We are overwhelmed with gratitude to be able to work with this incredible animal! Thank you to the entire Aleron team! Alexis also rode 3 horses in the much anticipated $25,000 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular.
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